- The tenor’s makeup gave him a close resemblance to Mr. Roosevelt, which was most annoying; Mignon is hard enough to sit through without anything like that
- A hard run of jaundice would save them much money and time; yet if that look were imposed by jaundice rather than by art, I suppose they would think it very ugly
- I woke up this morning with a curious fragment of a dream in mind. I thought I heard Lincoln Steffens* say, “Life is just as interesting as it was in my first day, now that I am in my last day, or almost my last.”
- The matter is actually of small interest, however, for driving jobholders out of office is like the old discredited policy of driving prostitutes out of town. Their places are immediately taken by others who are precisely like them
- I hear ten million people have visited it already, so probably I shall not be missed if I don’t get around to go
- The truth is that literacy is valuable only as intelligence keeps pace with it; in itself, literacy is no mark or evidence of intelligence, nor is it any sign whatever of an inclination to any purposes that intelligence would suggest.
- Arthur Goodrich was saying the other day that the best theatre town, music town, general-amusement town in the United States, is Washington. From the box-office point of view it has displaced New York. Ever since he spoke of it I have been noticing indications that he is right. The thing simply means that the only people who have any money that they feel they can count on are the State’s jobholders. The payroll in the city of Washington comes to more than three million dollars a month.
(Selections from Albert Jay Nock, Journals of These Days and Journals of Forgotten Days)